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1. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member, 255 posts) 16 May '08 02:15

Hi All,

With the imminent arrival of my 25th B.Day in a few days, it has just dawned on me that i will be celebrating my next birthday abroad somewhere (hopefully warm, with several beers!) whilst on my RTW travels which is due to start in 45 days!!

I am just wondering what weird and wonderful birthdays other travellers have experienced while on their travels?

JD

2. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member, 112 posts) 16 May '08 03:23

I celebrated my 24th birthday in Sydney by treating myself to a shark dive! That was one I'll never forget!

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 16 May '08 03:38

I spent my 33rd birthday travelling between Rome and Venice. Fiannly stopped for a late, late supper around 11 p.m. near the Rialto Bridge. Bliss!!

4. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member, 418 posts) 16 May '08 05:24

A disco on the Great Wall of China has to be something to remember for life!

I celebrated my 24th last year in Beijing, together with the end of my licensure training, organising of two congresses and a crazy year on executive. There was a "Goodbye Party on the Great Wall" as part of the congress social programme and the Chinese organisers had booked a restricted area on the Great Wall of China. There was yummy food catered from Swissotel Beijing, but the best part was when the disco started and everyone (it was an international event), from the organisation CEO and president etc started boogie-ing. It was so great meeting with people I had interacted with via email for one year, catching up with others that have gone through as much with you, and to be able to let loose after everything. It must have appeared quite amusing to some of the locals who were watching us from higher points on the Wall.

And the entire trip apart from airfare was free. No one except one girl actually knew it was my birthday until she blurted out like a minute before midnight. So they all sang Happy BIrthday and the DJ played it over the system too

5. Posted by emilybrit (Budding Member, 61 posts) 16 May '08 06:26

I spent my 23rd birthday tubing down the rivers of Vang Vieng in Laos... gotta say its one of the bestest birthdays ever.. very very drunken & spent it wth some amazing people, who I have just had a reunion with in Berlin two years to the day.. another amazing night, watching the sunrise from a club with panoramic views of the city.. good times :)

I guarantee it'll be a birthday to remember, have a good one!

6. Posted by steff (Travel Guru, 1158 posts) 16 May '08 10:17

I actually had a conversation about this with a friend yesterday, that for the past 6 years I've never spend a birthday at the place where I live. He then wanted to know where I was instead and I did remember every single birthday, because it has always been so special! Sure, it might be strange not to be at home with your friends and family at first, but I always was with one or even more people I love, so I never felt lonely. Last year I spent it in Istanbul with my best friend and I will never forget how she had organized a cake and cocktails in a bar for me. On top of that everyone was singing 'happy birthday' and was partying with us. Amazing times !
This year I'm continuing the tradition and am going to Greece with a bunch of my friends ;). Can't wait!

7. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3600 posts) 16 May '08 16:05

interesting post. I spent my 30th birthday in Halong Bay, Vietnam, which was really memorable. we spent the evening drinking very cheap Vietnamese wine and singing songs on the junk boat which we were staying on at the time.

It's my birthday today and I'm away from home although not strictly travelling because I'm living in NZ long term. It's nice to receive packages from abroad and birthday messages by text and email - it will be a lovely day but it does make you miss your friends too.

8. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member, 255 posts) 17 May '08 02:51

Happy Birthday Bex for yesterday/today.

9. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member, 1342 posts) 17 May '08 02:53

I spent my 26-28th birthdays in Antwerp, Sydney and Edinburgh respectively. Those were awesome... well, Sydney was a bit off because of the unpredictable weather, I got drenched halfway across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, haha. Had to dry off on the other side. But did enjoy a wonderful harbour cruise. Antwerp was lovely, I had a quiet day to myself and went to Rubenshuis, then stuffed myself silly Edinburgh was gorgeous despite the rain, I explored Edinburgh Castle, the National Gallery and had a bit of a whisky tour. Smashing.

I really recommend spending birthdays abroad. It's a time for yourself to spend it any way you want.

10. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru, 810 posts) 17 May '08 04:04

Well, I don't think any of mine were particularly exciting, but this has been an interesting way to look back at my travels.
Let's see...
23rd - All 24 hours were spent on a bus across Canada on my way to fly to NZ and Asia for a year
24th - Hiking in the BC Coast Mountains having just gotten back to Canada
25th - A nice relaxing day at the beach at the resort I worked at in Australia
26th - Took sitar lessons in Varanasi, India
27-28th - Pretty boring as I was probably in class back home on PEI
29th - My students in Japan sang happy birthday to me in class. Postponed the real party till the next weekend in Hiroshima.
Oddly enough, I would say my 23rd was the best, not because I loved spending my whole birthday on the bus, but because it was a very reflective birthday which very clearly marked the beginning of a travel (and life) journey that has yet to finish. Though I'll probably be home and back in school again, I'll try to do something exciting for the big 30.